- Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme are giving away doughnuts this Friday to celebrate National Doughnut Day.
- Dunkin’ is giving away a doughnut with the purchase of any beverage all day.
- Krispy Kreme, which is aiming to give away 1 million doughnuts on Friday, is giving a free doughnut to every customer, with no purchase necessary.
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Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme are giving away doughnuts this Friday to celebrate National Doughnut Day.
Dunkin’ is giving away a doughnut with any beverage purchase all day.
Krispy Kreme, which is aiming to give away 1 million doughnuts on Friday, is giving a free doughnut to every customer, with no purchase necessary.
“What’s better than one free doughnut? Two, of course! So, if you can help us give away 1 MILLION doughnuts on National Doughnut Day, we’ll offer another doughnut giveaway later this month,” Krispy Kreme said in a press release.
“We’ll give you a taste of our newest creation that will be unveiled later in June, for FREE!” the statement continued. “And trust us, it will be ‘out of this world’ great!”
While food holidays have exploded in popularity in recent years and now dominate the American calendar, National Doughnut Day has a longer history than most other culinary celebrations.
National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday in June. The first was held in 1938 as a tribute to the Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies,” who helped support the troops during World War I.
“After discovering that serving baked goods would be difficult considering the conditions of the huts and the limited rations, two volunteers – Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance – began frying doughnuts in soldiers’ helmets,” an article about the holiday on the Salvation Army’s website says.
“These tasty treats boosted morale and won the hearts of many soldiers,” the article continues. “Nicknamed ‘Doughnut Lassies,’ the women who served doughnuts to troops are often credited with popularising the doughnut in the United States when the troops (nicknamed ‘doughboys’) returned home from war.”
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